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Showtime! Unwind at Vandenberg's movie theater

Nicholas Green, base theater attendant, takes a family’s order at the concession stand, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Moviegoers attending on an empty stomach can fill up on their favorite snack foods before enjoying their cinematic adventure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

Nicholas Green, base theater attendant, takes a family’s order at the concession stand, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Moviegoers attending on an empty stomach can fill up on their favorite snack foods before enjoying their cinematic adventure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- It's Friday night. A night out at the movies seems like the perfect remedy after a long work week. The nearest movie theater is several miles away and the show is about to start. Instead of racing down the highway to arrive on time, a more viable destination with the same features is much closer.

The base theater here at Vandenberg provides personnel with the same elements of a regular theater while offering an authentic movie-going experience.

Moviegoers attending on an empty stomach can fill up on their favorite snack foods before enjoying their cinematic adventure.

"We provide the same concession items as any other theater but with lower prices," said Kathy Moore, Vandenberg Army and Air Force Exchange Service base theater manager. "We also recently installed a new digital surround system with three-dimensional and high-definition capabilities."

The theater is an important feature for military members and their families, in more ways than one.

"The theater provides an outlet for many people, especially young Airmen who don't have the transportation to travel to a theater off-base," said Christine Stallwood, AAFES general manager. "An added benefit of using the theater on Vandenberg is that our proceeds are put toward morale, welfare and recreation programs that enhance the quality of life for members of the military community."

Many Airmen have been taking advantage of the nearby theater and its provided benefits.

"I had the opportunity to see a movie at the base theater over the weekend and I wasn't disappointed," said Airman Isaiah Straubel, 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate civil law paralegal. "One great thing about the theater is its location. It only took me five minutes to walk over there. Once I arrived, I was able to kick back, relax, eat some delicious food and enjoy one of my favorite movies."

With many potential stressors that can occur during the work week, the theater allows base personnel and their families a chance to unwind while watching their favorite movies, a feeling that goes a long way toward mission success.

"Mission success can be attained in a variety of ways," said Stallwood. "Being able to relax and watch an entertaining movie after an enduring week is an excellent morale booster. That boost will allow Airmen to continue to perform their jobs successfully."